The invention of the hot air balloon in 1783 sparked the ‘balloonomania’ craze that swept the world in Jane Austen’s day. The forgotten pioneers of early flight were Georgian women, who found freedom in the sky through a series of jaw-dropping adventures. Join author Sharon Wright for the lost history of the lady aeronauts.
About the speaker
Sharon Wright is the author of Balloonomania Belles: Daredevil Divas Who First Took To The Sky. Her new book, The Mother of the Brontës: When Maria Met Patrick, is the first biography of Jane Austen contemporary Maria Branwell Brontë. Sharon is also a journalist.
You can find Sharon on Twitter @TheSharonAgency
Thursday 19 March 2020, from 6:30pm until 8pm
£12 / £10 (friends/students)
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